Lucibela, New Vocal Charm from Cape Verde

Lucibela – Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018)

Laço Umbilical is the debut album Lucibela, one of the great new female vocalists from Cape Verde. Lucibela has a deep, charming voice and a style that has been compared the iconic Cesaria Evora. Indeed, Lucibela specializes in two genres, morna and coladera, that Cesaria Evora made popular.

The album features lyrics by Cape Verde’s finest songwriters and songs exquisitely-arranged by guitar and cavaquinho virtuoso Toy Vieira. There is superb guitar and percussion work throughout the album.

The lineup includes Lucibela on vocals; Toy Vieira on: acoustic guitar and cavaquinho; Vaiss on acoustic guitar; Stephan Almeida on cavaquinho; Djim Job on bass; Nir Paris and Miroca Paris on percussion; Totinho on soprano saxophone; Mario Marta and Marise Vasconcelhos on backing vocals; Maryll Abbas on accordion; Julián Corrales on violin; Thierry Fanfant on bass; Hernani Almeida on semi acoustic guitar; and Daniel Rodriguez on cello.

Buy Laço Umbilical (Lusafrica, 2018)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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